Video game addiction: why the mental disorder, now recognized by the WHO, is on the rise.

Written by Dr. Andrew Doan & Brooke Strickland on .

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"Parents have to take this seriously. They have to understand why gaming can be so addictive, why their children are so drawn to gaming. They need to set firm boundaries, time restrictions."
Cam Adair, former online gaming addict, founder Game Quitters
"If it was just an Asian problem, the WHO wouldn’t be looking at it, but I think the prevalence could be slightly higher on our side of the world."
Dr. Elda Chan, director at St John’s Cathedral Counselling Service
"A 2017 survey by Hong Kong University, based on a poll of more than 2,000 Primary Four to Six students at eight schools across the territory, estimated that one in 10 respon­dents “were at risk or might have been addicted” to video games. The survey also found that boys, averaging 11 hours a week, played more than twice as much as girls, and that they also tended to play more violent games."
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